United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc has achieved N271.2 billion gross earnings in its unaudited results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023.
The performance represents 47.5 per cent growth from N183.9 billion recorded in same period of 2022.
The bank also achieved remarkable growth across all its major income lines including 38.2 billion surge in Profit Before Tax to N61.4 billion within the period.
The PBT position represents 38.2 per cent rise from N44.5 billion recorded in the first quarter of 2022.
Also, its Profit After Tax (PAT) jumped from N41.5 billion to N53.6 billion, representing an impressive 29.1 per cent increase. The bank’s result which was released to the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), showed that Interest Income which stood at N125.9 billion as at March 2022, grew by 53.4 per cent to N191.9 billion in the quarter under consideration.
The results further revealed that Operating Income rose by 39.6 percent to N175.7 billion, as against N125.9 billion recorded in the corresponding quarter of 2022.
Commenting on the result, UBA’s Group Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Oliver Alawuba, explained that despite the high inflationary, and challenging global environment, UBA was able to leverage the uptick in interest rates and improved digital offerings, in growing funded and non-funded income.
He added that he is particularly excited at the growth in PBT, which has helped to drive increased returns to shareholders, with a 22.6 per cent Return on Average Equity (ROAE) compared to 19.7 per cent recorded in December 2022.
“We have continued to record improved gains in our customer acquisition and retention strategies across our countries of presence, evident in the 10.5 per cent growth in customer deposits to N8.6 trillion from N7.8 trillion at the end of 2022 financial year.”
“This has enabled the Group drive increased loan growth and interest income, with loans to customers at N3.6 trillion, representing a year-to-date(YTD) increase of five per cent. For 2023, we remain committed to improving the Group’s performance as we strategically position our entities to take advantage of emerging developments within their jurisdictions and across the globe. We will continue to deliver excellent rewards to our stakeholders,” Alawuba said.
Also speaking on the performance, UBA’s Executive Director, Finance and Risk, Ugo Nwaghodoh, said that the performance demonstrates the group’s resilience and commitment towards delivering value and enhancing the confidence of its customers, stakeholders and the wider public notwithstanding the competitive landscape and current global trend in the industry.
“The impressive performance of UBA Group in first quarter 2023 is hinged on its continuous improvement and growth in gross earnings and balance sheet size as gross earnings grew by 47.5 per cent year-on-year to N271.2billion and total assets up by 4.6 per cent to N11.4 trillion from N10.9 trillion as at December 2022, ” Nwaghodoh stated.
Continuing, he said, “The growth in gross earnings is on the strength of increase in both interest income and non-interest income while growth in total asset is attributable to increased deposits due to aggressive deposit mobilization drive that resulted in a 10.5 per cent growth in customer deposit in the first quarter.”
United Bank for Africa Plc is a leading Pan-African financial institution, offering banking services to more than thirty million customers, across over 1,000 business offices and customer touch points, in 24 countries and across four continents.
With presence in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and France and recently the United Arab Emirates, UBA is connecting people and businesses across Africa through retail; commercial and corporate banking; innovative cross-border payments and remittances; trade finance and ancillary banking services.